by Darryl, 12/24/2013, 8:26 AM

Judge lets Utah don it’s gay wedding apparel. Weddings ensue.

Seattle area holiday transit info.

The 9 worst states for reproductive rights in 2013.

Dave Ross reads his poem about Teh War on Christmas.

UK pardons Alan Turing.

Ten last minute political gifts.

And some last minute Christmas gifts that the NSA will hate.

Happy holidays: More Americans are lining up in food banks.

21 Responses to “Christmas Eve Open Thread”

1. Roger Rabbit spews:

We haven’t heard much about the “War On Christmas” (TM) this year. Who won?

2. czechsaaz spews:

So there’s a great little nugget in Sarah Palin admitting she didn’t know what the duck dynasty hillbilly said before she ran to the media and blathered ignorantly about the first amendment.

“In response, he was quoting the Gospel, So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said evidently are offended by what he was quoting in the Gospel.”

The gospel is known as the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in which Jesus famously says nothing at all about the gay. Governor Quitter, good Christian that she is, doesn’t know the difference between scripture and Gospel.

She really is a dumber than a sack of shit fraud

4. Deathfrogg spews:

The whole Turning episode was a nightmare, and what can be expected if we allow the Fundamentalist religionistas too much influence over the Republic. They would rather slaughter a whole section of the population on the basis of their sexual orientation than allow them to contribute to the defense of the Nation. They call for that every Sunday on the tellervision.

If they want a political system based in religious fundamentalism, they can move to Iran, Saudi Arabia or Israel.

5. headless lucy spews:

“All weddings are gay.” Stephen Colbert

6. Deathfrogg spews:

@ 1 RR

The big discount retailers and the shipping companies.

7. Roger Rabbit spews:

“NEW YORK (AP) — American Express has agreed to pay … $75.7 million to end an investigation by regulators … [that it] led consumers to believe … an account protection product would work for up to two years when the benefits usually lasted no more than three months, and … didn’t properly explain the enrollment process for a product intended to protect against identity theft … most consumers didn’t complete the enrollment process but were billed anyway.”

Roger Rabbit Commentary: If this is how businesses behave when government regulators are breathing down their necks, what would they be like under the laissez-faire, caveat-emptor, no-regulation economic model espoused by Republicans?

8. Roger Rabbit spews:

It turns out the recent “regime change” in North Korea was a good ol’ fashioned spat between the good ol’ boys over a good ol’ fishing hole.

Roger Rabbit Commentary: When the new punk in Pyongyang wants
to kill someone, he doesn’t screw around, he blows ‘em away with
anti-aircraft guns.

9. Roger Rabbit spews:

Personally, I think there’s some Golden Rule going on in N. Korea: “Do unto them before they do it to you.” I think this kid realizes it wouldn’t take much for him to end up wearing cement overshoes. That’s just the way gangster culture is.

10. Deathfrogg spews:

@ 9 RR
Thats pretty much the whole premise of totalitarian governments. Police States are the best States for hiding corruption and making shit-tons of money for the right people. Open, free States have little corruption in their political systems because everyone can see what you’re doing.

If there is someone hiding something under the color of Law, then it would be almost axiomatic that the folks making those Laws and enforcing the resultant social constructs would have the most to gain from maintaining the secrets and controlling the legal framework that protects them. People don’t hide shit unless it is illegal or morally reprehensible, or both, especially capitalists.

When someone in the government is hiding something, you know damn well they’re breaking the law.

11. Roger Rabbit spews:

Rand Paul’s libertarian plan for rejuvenating Detroit is to declare workers’ pensions “fraudulent” and slash business taxes.

Roger Rabbit Commentary: Frankly, I think Rand Paul is a fraud. There’s nothing new about reneging debts and repudiating obligations to society. The rich have done it for milennia. That’s how they get rich.

12. ArtFart spews:

Rand Paul is nothing more than Sarah Palin with hairy legs. How any of us might have considered for a microsecond that his loony old man might have made an acceptable president now escapes me.

13. ArtFart spews:

@4 I’m slightly puzzled by the contrast between the reality of the Turing episode and the portrayal on such recent series as Downton Abbey and Foyle’s War of many straight Brits in the first half of the 20th Century being fairly tolerant of gays.

14. Roger Rabbit spews:

@12 Are you confusing Ron Paul with his equally loony son?

15. Roger Rabbit spews:

@13 Turing, like Oppenheimer, was tossed aside once his government didn’t need him anymore.

16. Roger Rabbit spews:

Merry Christmas, all you HA bloggers! You too, Puddy, and even pudge.

17. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

In bankruptcy proceedings, who stands first in line before anyone else to get any money?

18. ekim spews:

Merry Christmas everyone, including our friends on the right.

I watched Pope Francis’ Christmas Day address this morning. If you have a few minutes you might want to watch or read his message. Peace and joy to you all.

19. Roger Rabbit spews:

@17 Lawyers, banks, IRS, state tax collectors, child support collectors, corporations, other secured creditors, secured and unsecured pensioners, and your uncle Ned, in that order.

20. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

So, various classes of creditors are first in line.

21. No Time for Fascists spews:

@13. IMHO. Society didn’t tolerate gays back then, we just don’t write stories like that any more.

Stories are written, as much as writers don’t want to admit it, incorporating modern morals and assumptions. We are more accepting of gay people now, and revision history leaks into our stories. It’s the Zena Effect. We simply cannot imagine a world where gays were treated as vilely as they were and even in fiction based in the past, women are not treated as 2nd class citizens, minorities are not treated as farm animals. For example, in the 40′s nobody was writing about gays, black and women as strong, equal characters. Yet stories written now, about the 40s then, has all of that and wouldn’t sell as well, if they didn’t.